[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/01/23/sex.workers/story.sex.workers1.cnn.jpg caption="In this photograph, taken in January 2008, the faces of these former child sex workers can't be shown in order to protect them."]
Nicholas D. Kristof
The New York Times
Western men who visit red-light districts in poor countries often find themselves surrounded by coquettish teenage girls laughingly tugging them toward the brothels. The men assume that the girls are there voluntarily, and in some cases they are right.
But anyone inclined to take the girls’ smiles at face value should talk to Sina Vann, who was once one of those smiling girls.
Sina is Vietnamese but was kidnapped at the age of 13 and taken to Cambodia, where she was drugged. She said she woke up naked and bloody on a bed with a white man — she doesn’t know his nationality — who had purchased her virginity.
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